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Ionic+ Botanical extends garment durability

New biobased fabric technology uses citric-based formula.

4th November 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Scranton, PA, USA

Sports/​Outdoor, Medical/Hygiene

Noble Biomaterials, the developer of antimicrobial and conductivity solutions for soft surface applications, is introducing  Ionic+ Botanical for antimicrobial and anti-odour fabric treatments.

The new product uses a renewable citric-based technology which is pending EPA approval and is applied as a topical fabric finish. Its durability comes from the use of advanced textile technology and it is rated at 50 wash cycles.

“Ionic+ Botanical checks many boxes that biobased technologies on the market struggle to meet,” says Joel Furey, founder and chief commercial officer at Noble Biomaterials. “There is a challenge to meet EPA guidance and maintain durable performance. We have made a clear distinction here in developing the best botanical product on the market to build on the strength of our exisiting technology.”

Noble’s existing antimicrobial fabric technology uses positively charged silver ions to inhibit the growth of bacteria on soft surfaces. The silver metalized-yarn and silver-based extruded-yarn lead the antimicrobial fabric category with permanent technology that never washes out. The genesis of Noble’s Ionic+ antimicrobial technology started 25 years ago with the development of X-Static yarns.

“We work with our customers to customise their approach to building sustainable fabrics,” said Furey. “Our permanent mineral technology is used on products designed for a long life cycle and extended life for re-commerce and technical performance. Our durable biobased technology can be applied on products that strive to reduce care maintenance and conserve water and energy resources.”

Prior to the pandemic, Noble saw increasing demand for Ionic+ and antimicrobial fabrics in active wear and health care. Today, the products are to be found in several categories, including the travel and leisure market, luggage, home bedding and towels and sport accessories. Noble is developing Ionic+ Botanical with select material development partners, including Salomon, Crystal Denim, and home textiles leader Trident.

“As one of the largest home fashion manufacturers world-wide, the Trident Group is consistently on the forefront of innovation and the application of advanced technologies,” said Jeffery Kambak CEO of US Operations at Trident Group. “Our partnership with Noble in developing new products with Ionic+ is key to our leadership position.”

“Our collaboration with Noble on Ionic+ allows Salomon products to be worn longer between washes, reducing the impact on water usage,” added Tim Maud, innovation lab director at Salomon. “Using Noble’s biobased, anti-odour treatment ensures our impact on the environment is reduced and our product life cycle is increased.”

Noble Biomaterials is a registered FDA medical device facility, an essential sole-source technology supplier to the US military, and a US EPA-registered antimicrobial manufacturer. Noble products conform to EPA, FIFRA, BPR, and CE requirements.

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